noun trav·er·tine \ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn, -tən\

: a light-colored type of rock that is used especially in buildings

Full Definition of TRAVERTINE

:  a mineral consisting of a massive usually layered calcium carbonate (as aragonite or calcite) formed by deposition from spring waters or especially from hot springs


French travertin, from Italian travertino, trevertino, from Latin tiburtinus, adjective, of travertine, literally, of Tibur (Tivoli)
First Known Use: 1730


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